Rudy Giuliani suggested on Saturday that President Trump plans to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal.
“We have a president who is tough,” said Giuliani at the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention for Democracy and Human Rights. “We have a president who is as committed to regime change as we are.”
Giuliani pointed out that Trump has Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his right side and National Security Advisor John Bolton on his left side, and asked the group, “What do you think is going to happen to that agreement… that nuclear agreement?”
He then acted as if he was ripping and spitting on the paper he held, which meant to represent the 2015 agreement. He then raised his arms into the air and gave two thumbs down as cheers erupted from the mostly Iranian-American audience aiming to overthrow Iran’s government.
“With that gone and sanctions back, we have a real chance at escalating these protests,” Giuliani said on the agreement and current Iran protests.
Pulling out of the agreement is “the only way to peace in the Middle East” and “more important than an Israeli-Palestinian deal,” he said as he spoke with reporters after the speech.
Giuliani also stated to reporters that his comments during the speech were made from his knowledge of the Trump administration’s position on Iran, not on special information that had been revealed from within the White House about the administration’s plans.
A decision on the agreement must be made by May 12, and President Trump has hinted that he may exit the accord. Trump called the agreement “a horrible agreement for the United States.”
Mike Pompeo called Iran “the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world” and stated that the U.S. would pull out should the “flawed” deal if it could not be fixed to satisfaction.
Trump has responded to growing anti-government protests in Iran by saying, “Iran is failing at every level” and that it is “TIME FOR CHANGE!”
The event, hosted by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities, is the first convention of Iranian-Americans since 2006.
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